26.10.2017 – 29.10.2017
I love Berlin. End of story.
Just kidding (well, only a little). This city is so freaking cool and there is so much to see, we already need to plan a return trip. The weather wasn’t great, in fact it was kind of miserable… cold, rainy, windy. But we still spent hours walking around and exploring. We stayed in a cute little hipster neighborhood, Prenzlauer Berg, in East Berlin. It is filled with cafes, bars, restaurants with all kinds of offerings from burgers to dim sum to traditional German cuisine and more, art supply shops, record shops, and little boutiques. I could easily live there. The entire city has a really creative and energetic vibe to it.
It seemed that everywhere we went there were historical monuments, memorials, and (free) museums. This is a place where many horrible things have happened in the past and it’s difficult to begin to reconcile a lot of that in my head. It was really impressive to see how this history isn’t hidden away, it’s out for all to see, learn about and reflect on. I think this is how we heal and better understand how and why these things happened in order to never let them happen again.
3 S-Bahn Rides
2 Bus Rides
2 Flights (1 cancelled due to airline bankruptcy)
The four horses at the top of Brandenburg Gate are modeled after the original Roman sculpture placed on the St. Mark’s Church in Venice after the sack of Constantinople in 1204. Napoleon stole them in 1797 and placed them upon the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel in Paris but were later returned to Venice. (photos, left to right: Paris, Berlin, Venice) Kind of interesting that we have seen all three sets. Here is a long article if you’re interested in learning more.